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Finding Common Ground (2018) - Happy Indigenous People's Day from The Texas Freedom Colonies Project!
Happy Indigenous People's Day! from The Texas Freedom Colonies Project!
The National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of African American History and Culture are reframing American history. How do we talk about the intersections of various peoples? How do we talk about shared histories? The symposium Finding Common Ground, moderated by Michel Martin, weekend host of NPR’s All Things Considered, focuses on the complex history of African Americans and Native Americans, and how their intertwined stories have become an essential part of American identity. Speakers explore how African Americans and Native peoples have energized each other’s movements both historically and in contemporary times, and how collective actions have been shaped by cooperation, conflict, accommodation, oppression, and resistance. Finding common ground is not always easy, but it is a vital necessity in the realization of American democracy. Distinguished speakers include Lonnie G. Bunch III, Kevin Gover (Pawnee), Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation), Tiya Miles, and Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche). The symposium, co-sponsored with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, was webcast and recorded in the Rasumson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on February 15, 2018.
The Texas Freedom Colonies Project's newest feature series #MappingMonday will be highlighting our own Atlas map along with various maps that are highlighting the stories, needs and issues plaguing black settlements. Our first feature is the brainchild of our very own team member Jennifer Blanks. Jennifer is leading research on natural disasters' impact on cemetery preservation in historic Black settlements. The lack of mitigation and recovery plans threaten freedom colony landscapes. The Cemetery Sista is a space for highlighting the importance of Black cemeteries. Her main objectives are to: 1. Raise awareness to preserve Black cemeteries 2. Map Black cemeteries using modern technology 3. Share the latest news on Black cemeteries The goal of The Cemetery Sista is to fill in the gaps of Black history through story-telling with feature stories of everyday Black people who have transitioned to the afterlife. Check out her blog and visit https://www.thecemeterysista.com! #bla
" Spaces and Places, born of the necessity to be acknowledged within the built environment, has embarked on its most unique and ambitious convening since its conception. Now in its fourth year, the annual grassroots (un)conference will be hosted virtually in partnership with BlackSpace and Next City. This year’s theme, titled Reclaiming, aims to position BIPOC urbanists, designers, and activists as defiant catalysts for liberation and equity." Read more about the event here